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Commentary: Pence should stop playing games with judicial system

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has a problem with judges. Or maybe judges have a problem with him. A few days ago, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young issued a follow-up to his earlier ruling saying that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Much of this follow-up wasn’t a […]

Analysis: 7th Circuit take on gay marriage could be important in larger debate

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Analysis: 7th Circuit take on gay marriage could be important in larger debate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Does it even matter? That’s the question I’ve been mulling as attorneys prepare to argue the constitutionality of Indiana’s law banning same sex marriage before a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. After all, two other federal appeals courts have already ruled on the […]

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Guest column: Inequality in Indy – A rising problem with ready solutions

By Derek Thomas Indiana Institute for Working Families This week, the Indy Star reported on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ ‘Income and Wage Gaps Across the U.S.’ report.  The story presented the group’s finding that “wage inequality grew twice as rapidly in the Indianapolis metro area as in the rest of the nation since the recession”, largely due to the […]

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Commentary: Robin Williams, RIP

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The one time I met actor and comedian Robin Williams, it wasn’t the brilliance of his performance that impressed me. It was the quality of his friendship. I met him, briefly, in New York some years ago. I was there to attend a fundraiser for the Christopher Reeve Foundation […]

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Analysis: New chief justice makes court more representative for women

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will have its first female chief justice later this month when Loretta Rush takes over for Brent Dickson, who is stepping down from the position. A nominating panel picked Rush over three colleagues last week to serve as the state’s top judge. The panel’s members were adamant […]

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Pryor: Proposed rate hike for car-sharing is ‘corporate welfare’

By Cherrish Pryor Indiana House of Representatives When the name BlueIndy first came on our radar screens, it sure sounded good. Electric cars. Ride sharing. A cleaner environment. Reduced dependence on foreign oil. Improved transit. What’s not to like? Quite a bit, as a matter of fact. The speed and stealth with which the city […]

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Commentary: Richard Nixon and the fights that followed

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The news that the president of the United States was going to resign came to us on a mountaintop in Colorado. It was early August 1974. We – a group of guys from age 15 to the middle 20s – were on a bicycle tour through the Rockies sponsored […]

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Commentary: Work share…reduced hours for all or layoffs for a few?

By Maryann O. Keating Indiana Policy Review At dinner, the four year old reported that her nursery school classmate, Billy, had a bad day and acted mean. When asked what the teacher did, the four year old replied wide-eyed, “She took away Billy’s job.” Most of us can empathize with Billy’s symbolic loss of group […]

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Commentary: The peace that so often eludes us

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, New York – Other than a light dappling of rain, the surface of the lake is as still as a held breath. Blue Mountain looms in the distance, its face reflected on the water’s surface. Clouds hang low and heavy in the sky. A storm raged through the […]

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Analysis: Attorney General is tied by law to defend state statutes

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has been in the news a lot lately with high profile cases involving marriage and health care – and that’s raised questions about his responsibility to represent the state. The attorney general’s office – which is created by state law, not the Indiana Constitution […]

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